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Gish Jen

Author of Typical American

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Includes the name: Jen Gish

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Works by Gish Jen

Associated Works

The Best American Short Stories of the Century (2000) — Contributor — 1,549 copies
The Story and Its Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction (1983) — Contributor — 1,125 copies
Race, Class, and Gender in the United States: An Integrated Study (1992) — Contributor, some editions — 511 copies
The Best American Short Stories 1995 (1995) — Contributor — 301 copies
The Best American Short Stories 2013 (2013) — Contributor — 273 copies
America Street: A Multicultural Anthology of Stories (1993) — Contributor — 228 copies
This Is My Best: Great Writers Share Their Favorite Work (2004) — Contributor — 159 copies
The Best American Short Stories 1988 (1988) — Contributor — 159 copies
Growing up Asian American: An Anthology (1993) — Contributor — 101 copies
Who Do You Think You Are?: Stories of Friends and Enemies (1993) — Contributor — 94 copies
Coming of Age in America: A Multicultural Anthology (1994) — Contributor — 94 copies
The Best American Short Stories 2022 (2022) — Contributor — 88 copies
Granta 120: Medicine (2012) — Contributor — 82 copies
It Occurs to Me That I Am America: New Stories and Art (2018) — Contributor — 71 copies
Asian-American Literature: An Anthology (2000) — Contributor — 30 copies
The New Great American Writers' Cookbook (2003) — Contributor — 21 copies
Humor Me: An Anthology of Humor by Writers of Color (2002) — Contributor — 4 copies


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Not sci-fi. Not baseball.
It is a waste of time.
NoelShortt | 17 other reviews | Nov 13, 2023 |
GHA.Library | 17 other reviews | May 4, 2023 |
This was an outstanding reading experience for me. I enjoyed seeing the ways the various characters cropped up and related to one another in these connected short stories. I also really appreciated the exploration of different generational experiences, with stories set from the 70s until the 2020s. I thought the exploration of Chinese vs. American POVs was equal parts fascinating and humorous. I’ll be revisiting this again in the future.
psalva | 1 other review | Mar 28, 2023 |
Jen tracks the assimilation of a Shanghainese immigrant, Yifeng (Ralph) Chang, to the United States in the 1940s and 1950s (possibly 1960s as well). It is a rather unsympathetic look, as Chang gets taken in by a fellow immigrant and conman, Grover. Although Ralph is the protagonist, Jen's real focus is on women: his sister, Theresa, and wife, Helen, whose lives are perhaps constrained in a different way in the United States than they were in Shanghai. The lives of this family are told in very short chapters in a third-person, detached sort of way. Although the novel is a bit cynical and dark about the American dream, it is overall fairly melancholy, as Ralph reflects of the wreckage of their lives. For some reason Jen's style did not mesh with me, and overall I was just as detached from these characters as the Jen's narrator.… (more)
jklugman | 11 other reviews | Mar 28, 2023 |



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